Aspasia, a free woman of color vs. Francois Chouteau, Pierre Menard
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St. LouisSt Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court. November Term 1827

IsaacIsaac C. McGirkMcGirk presents the petition of AspasiaAspasia praying that she may be permitted
to institute suit against FrancoisFrancois Chouteau ChouteauFrancois Chouteau and Peter MenardPeter Menard to Establish her
right to freedom and that she may be permitted to sue as a poor person therefore
the Court permits the said AspasiaAspasia to sue as aforesaid and directs that an action
of assault and Battery and false imprisonment be commenced against the said
FrancoisFrancois Chouteau ChouteauFrancois Chouteau and Peter MenardPeter Menard in the name of the said AspasiaAspasia and assign
IsaacIsaac C. M. GirkM Girk and John BentJohn Bent Esquires as her counsel and it is ordered by the
court that the said defendants permit the said AspasiaAspasia to have a reasonable
liberty of attending her counsel and the court when occasion may require it and
that the said AspasiaAspasia the plaintiff shall not be taken or removed out of the
Jurisdiction of this Court and that she shall not be subject to any severity of
treatment on account of her said application for freedom

A True Copy of the order

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk